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Dutch Pension Fund PGGM Reportedly Regrets Divesting From Israeli Markets June 20, 2014 11:52 am

Dutch Pension Fund PGGM Reportedly Regrets Divesting From Israeli Markets

Dutch pension fund giant PGGM now regrets a decision in January to divest from five Israeli...

U.S. and Israel Discuss Advancing Economic Cooperation June 18, 2014 12:57 pm

U.S. and Israel Discuss Advancing Economic Cooperation

JNS.org – U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Jack Lew met with Israeli economic leaders...

Google’s Eric Schmidt Says Tel Aviv Close Second to Silicon Valley – ‘Nowhere in the World is Comparable’ June 18, 2014 12:54 pm

Google’s Eric Schmidt Says Tel Aviv Close Second to Silicon Valley – ‘Nowhere in the World is Comparable’

Google Inc. Chairman Eric Schmidt on Monday told a group of Israeli entrepreneurs in Tel Aviv...

Israel’s Phinergy Tests 1,100-Mile Range Electric Car; Aluminum-Air Battery System (VIDEO) June 17, 2014 10:21 am

Israel’s Phinergy Tests 1,100-Mile Range Electric Car; Aluminum-Air Battery System (VIDEO)

Israeli start-up Phinergy Ltd. is road testing a 1,100-mile range electric car based on...

At Paris Military Expo, Israel Brings Solutions for Assymetrical Warfare June 17, 2014 10:18 am

At Paris Military Expo, Israel Brings Solutions for Assymetrical Warfare

At the Eurosatory 2014 military expo in Paris, 30 Israeli defense companies, a record for...

Israeli Defense Ministry Gets $289 Million Budget Increase June 17, 2014 9:35 am

Israeli Defense Ministry Gets $289 Million Budget Increase

JNS.org – The budget dispute between the Israeli defense and finance ministries was...

Israeli Foreign Affairs Minister Lieberman Leads Roadshow to Africa, Where Israeli Exports Total $1.4 Billion June 16, 2014 6:26 pm

Israeli Foreign Affairs Minister Lieberman Leads Roadshow to Africa, Where Israeli Exports Total $1.4 Billion

Israeli Foreign Affairs Minister Avigdor Lieberman is leading a delegation of 50 Israeli...

Israeli IT Expert Identifies Gmail Flaw, Prevents Hackers From Capturing Email Addresses June 13, 2014 4:47 pm

Israeli IT Expert Identifies Gmail Flaw, Prevents Hackers From Capturing Email Addresses

Israeli computers expert Oren Hafif was featured this week in Wired Magazine and the Daily...

In 2013, Norway Government Pension Fund Investment in Israeli Stock Market Rose 43% to $1 Billion June 10, 2014 12:25 pm

In 2013, Norway Government Pension Fund Investment in Israeli Stock Market Rose 43% to $1 Billion

The Government Pension Fund of Norway, the largest sovereign wealth fund in the world, has...

Israel Knesset Finance Committee Approves Joint Investment Trust Law, Opening Door for Foreign Funds to Distribute Products in Israel June 9, 2014 2:45 pm

Israel Knesset Finance Committee Approves Joint Investment Trust Law, Opening Door for Foreign Funds to Distribute Products in Israel

Israel’s Knesset took one step closer to allowing foreign funds to distribute investment...

CEOs Welcome Select Students to Special Birthright Program June 3, 2014 10:29 am

CEOs Welcome Select Students to Special Birthright Program

JNS.org – Birthright Israel Excel, a new program from Taglit-Birthright Israel, has...

India, Israel Ink $5 Million Joint Educational Research Program May 30, 2014 5:47 pm

India, Israel Ink $5 Million Joint Educational Research Program

JNS.org – India and Israel announced a new $5 million joint research program to further...

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  • Features Unpacking the Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict and Its Ripple Effect on Israel’s Region

    Unpacking the Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict and Its Ripple Effect on Israel’s Region

    JNS.org – Aside from Israel itself, those with a vested interest in the Jewish state are accustomed to tracking developments related to Middle East players such as Iran, Syria, Jordan and Egypt. But much global attention has recently focused on the Caucasus region at the Europe-Asia border, specifically on the suddenly intensified violence between Azerbaijan and Armenia in the mountainous Nagorno-Karabakh area of western Azerbaijan. The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, while not taking place in Israel’s immediate neighborhood, does have what one scholar called […]

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  • Blogs Features Earth Day 2016: Israel Shines in Water Technology, Recycling, Renewable Energy

    Earth Day 2016: Israel Shines in Water Technology, Recycling, Renewable Energy

    JNS.org – On Friday, April 22, 196 nations across the world mark Earth Day, the annual day dedicated to environmental protection that was enacted in 1970. Not to be forgotten on this day is Israel, which is known as the “start-up nation” for its disproportionate amount of technological innovation, including in the area of protecting the environment. For Earth Day 2016, JNS.org presents a sampling of the Jewish state’s internal achievements and global contributions in the environmental realm. Water conservation Israeli […]

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  • Arts and Culture World New Documentary Explores Holocaust Humor, Role That Laughter Played in Death Camps

    New Documentary Explores Holocaust Humor, Role That Laughter Played in Death Camps

    Holocaust humor and the role that laughter played in the lives of Jews during World War II are the focus of a documentary that made its world premiere on Monday at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City. In The Last Laugh, first- and second-generation survivors, as well as famous Jewish and non-Jewish comedians, discuss their thoughts on when joking about the death camps is appropriate or taboo. “Nazi humor, that’s OK. Holocaust humor, no,” Jewish comedic giant, actor and filmmaker Mel Brooks says in the film. “Anything I […]

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  • Arts and Culture Blogs Tragedy Culminates in ‘Celebration,’ Says Israeli Author Who Lost Son to Terror

    Tragedy Culminates in ‘Celebration,’ Says Israeli Author Who Lost Son to Terror

    JNS.org – Sherri Mandell’s life was devastated on May 8, 2001, when her 13-year-old son Koby was murdered by terrorists on the outskirts of the Israeli Jewish community of Tekoa. Yet Mandell not only shares the story of her loss, but also celebrates the lessons she has learned from tragedy. Indeed, “celebrate” is this Israeli-American author’s word choice. Her second book, The Road to Resilience: From Chaos to Celebration (Toby Press), came out earlier this year. The lesson: in every celebration, there is […]

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  • Features Opinion For Alan Gross, Cuban Prison Didn’t Harden His Heart or Weaken His Ambition

    For Alan Gross, Cuban Prison Didn’t Harden His Heart or Weaken His Ambition

    JNS.org – Alan Gross used to be nothing more to me than a tragic headline. When I started my position at this news service in July 2011, Gross had been imprisoned in Cuba since December 2009 for what that country called “crimes against the state.” Gross, a subcontractor for the United States Agency for International Development, went to Cuba to help the Jewish community there access the Internet. After his arrest, he received a trial he describes as a “B movie,” […]

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  • Arts and Culture Features New Movie Shows How Global Economic Instability Grew From Very Local Greed

    New Movie Shows How Global Economic Instability Grew From Very Local Greed

    JNS.org – When I saw the recent Academy Award-winning film “The Big Short,” I was struck by the sheer genius of the financiers who devised the schemes and packaged the loans for resale, but it left me with unanswered questions about how the properties these loans represented were moved. “The Big Short” was largely about paper transactions, big money, and wealthy investors, and it mildly touched on the way the actual end-users — the home buyers and brokers — played into this […]

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  • Blogs Book Reviews Psychiatry and the Spirit

    Psychiatry and the Spirit

    Why do we think so negatively about psychiatrists that we still insult them by calling them shrinks? Some medics might be quacks, but we don’t generally refer to them as witches! Shrinks; The Untold Story of Psychiatry, by Dr. Jeffrey Lieberman, is a sobering account of how psychiatry has swung from a marginal, unscientific mixture of weird theories into one of the most common and pervasive forms of treatment of what are commonly called “disorders of the mind.” Is it […]

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  • Features Opinion At Forbes Summit in Israel, Entrepreneurship Is a ‘Common Language’

    At Forbes Summit in Israel, Entrepreneurship Is a ‘Common Language’

    JNS.org – Nine months ago, Seth Cohen, director of network initiatives for the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation, and Randall Lane, editor of Forbes Magazine, were schmoozing about the “vibrancy of Tel Aviv and soul of Jerusalem,” as Lane put it. They dreamed about how they could bring young and innovative millennials to the so-called “start-up nation.” From April 3-7, Forbes turned that dream into a reality. Israel played host to the first-ever Forbes Under 30 EMEA (Europe, the Middle East, and Africa) […]

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